College of Liberal Arts
Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the causes of and proposed cures for violence (sociological, economic and psychological) in human affairs. It is a recognized discipline of study across the globe. Scholars study issues of war and peace, development and underdevelopment, the institutionalization of racial and gender discrimination, economic inequality and its connections to physical violence, and how war and conflict may be related to environmental devastation. Peace Studies also examines the mechanisms by which peoples can move from violence and war to peace and justice.
Students can earn a minor in Peace Studies that includes a core course, POL 23000 (Introduction to the Study of Peace) and four courses selected by students — in collaboration with a faculty mentor — that draw upon themes relevant to the study of peace.
The Peace Studies committee also oversees an undergraduate research fellowship award, organizes panels on peace studies issues and provides students with information about careers in peacemaking occupations.